It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World out there, folks. As if you needed further evidence to support the claim, the video posted below is sure to reinforce the notion that the recently ubiquitous dash cam craze in other parts of the world seemingly captures every moment of life. And, as we've seen in the past, life can be scary at times.

A Boeing 747 operated by National Airlines crashed immediately after takeoff from Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan yesterday, claiming the lives of all seven crewmembers on board, each of them a US citizen. No other passengers were on the plane, which is said to have been carrying a slew of military vehicles.

In the dash cam video taken by a passing motorist, the airplane can be seen (about five seconds in) in what appears to be a vertical position, with its nose pointing skyward. About 15 seconds in, the plane begins listing, loses altitude and plummets to the ground. The entire episode, from takeoff to impact, happens in less than 30 seconds.

The US National Transportation Safety Board and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are currently investigating the cause of the crash. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the seven casualties. The dash cam video can be seen below, but please understand that it is a frightening sight and contains some explicit language – viewer discretion is advised.


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      Thomas Erdmann
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm speechless. RIP
      Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to the preliminary investigation, the assumption is that the plane was super heavy loaded in the rear and the plane simply pitched really high and stalled.
        savvybuyer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bob
        That would make sense and would jibe with the video evidence.
        4gasem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bob
        That's what it looks like on the video too. RIP all those that were lost.
        klongar3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bob
        That is sure what it looked like. I suspect some cargo shifted on climbout..
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Planes are always so graceful when you see them on take off and landing. I think we forget exactly how incredibly massive and heavy they truly are. The plane looks like it just flat out stalled and then dropped like a brick. Only the people in the cockpit probably realized what was happening. It all must have happened so fast. Very sad.
      Get Squirly
      • 1 Year Ago
      While an unsecured load could have been the cause, I wouldn't put my money on it. It looks like the angle of pitch was too high (way too high). I understand this is a dangerous area, but carrying a heavy load and hitting an angle like that is asking for trouble. I'm not some desk pilot, I'm in flight school and am working on these same procedures, studying weight, pitch, and stalls. RIP to all those aboard.
        woodpilot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Get Squirly
        The plane was definately stalled. Sound correct about the load shifting.
          Get Squirly
          • 1 Year Ago
          @woodpilot
          It was definitely a stall, but I'm saying that if he had a lower pitch that could have avoided a stall.
      Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      RIP to all the crew onboard. What an unfortunate loss of life. Some days you wake up and the whole world seems like it's falling apart. Will be praying for the families and friends of these 7 individuals who's lives were cut all too short. Damn...
      Matt Hall
      • 1 Year Ago
      From Michael Yon, Milblogger: Eyewitness account of crash at Bagram, Afghanistan This account was published on a FB feed for aviators. The link is now dead: "I witnessed this crash today and there was no Taliban involvement. I can tell you this for sure – the 747 took off and commenced a quite steep climb out, not unusual for here, then one of two things happened. In my opinion either the strong head wind or a micro up burst caused it to pitch upward at what looked to be at least 85deg. Nose up or the cargo shifted to the rear and caused it to nose up. It then did what all swept wing aircraft do in a stall and pitched left at about 1200 Ft AGL, then it seemed like the pilot tried to correct and it pitched right and headed for the ground just before impact. It looked like it had flattened out to nearly level but had very little or no forward speed – what followed was the ground shook, followed by a large ball of fire and a huge black cloud of smoke. I truly wish I had not seen this, but I did, and my prayers and thoughts go out to all involved – both on board and the family and loved ones of the crew and passengers."
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      The vehicles loaded aboard may have loosed their ties, and as the plane took-off they all rolled suddenly to the rear, shifting the weight and pitching the aircraft past the point of correction, eliminating lift and causing the catastrophic return to the ground.
      Morgan Reale
      • 1 Year Ago
      crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy
      interruptive_cow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horrifying :(
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      KoshNaranek
      • 1 Year Ago
      More likly explanation is the cargo was not secured than loss of power. Preflight check was probably don on the airframe but double checking cargo straps may not have redone by the fight crew as they are not likley to be responsible for it. If the cargo shifts backward during takeoff, the trim of the aircraft will be impossible to correct leading to a wing "stall" condition and loss of lift. The engines cannot compensate for this. My prayer are with the the involved parties and I hope anyone reading this who flies in the third world realizes that preflight checks of the type don in the 1930s should be done(the flight crew checks EVERYTHING)
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn :(
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